Migratory Bird Joint Ventures


To protect, restore, and enhance wetland and upland ecosystems for the conservation of migratory birds.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The $13.1 million appropriated for the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and Migratory Bird Joint Ventures was used to leverage approximately $200 million in partner contributions to support landscape conservation planning, and habitat projects, for the benefit of migratory birds. Fiscal Year 2015: FY15: It is estimated that similar results to those achieved in FY14 will be achieved in FY15. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.
Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 742a-754; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, 16 U.S.C.661-667(e); Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C, 2901-2911; and Migratory Bird Treaty Act, (16U.S.C. 709a).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federal, State and local government agencies, Federally recognized Indian Tribal governments, private nonprofit institutions/organizations; public nonprofit institutions/organizations; profit organizations, interstate and intrastate entities, and individuals or families who are also private landowners.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General Public.
Applicant must participate or intend to participate in strategic conservation planning, implementation and evaluation activities designed to meet the Joint Venture objectives as identified in an approved Implementation Plan and all related plans. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Joint Venture partner/potential partner may contact Joint Venture Coordinator to
discuss Joint Venture (JV) needs and objectives, or JV Coordinator may initiate
the contact. Coordinators work with partners/potential partners to design
projects and discuss cost-share programs/activities that will contribute to
meeting Joint Venture goals. Preparation of Environmental Impact Statements is
not a prerequisite for receiving Federal assistance/funding. State Plans are not
required. Applicant must complete the Standard Form (SF) 424, and the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms (SF 424A and SF 424B – Non-construction; or SF 424C and SF 424D – Construction)
Award Procedure
Once the project is designed and either fits within an approved Implementation Plan or is reviewed and approved by a Joint Ventures Management Board, a cooperative agreement or grant agreement is written, executed, and work can begin.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
180 Days.
Not Applicable.
None. Partners/potential partners may request additional projects to meet Joint
Venture goals and objectives.
How are proposals selected?
Applicants must be an existing or potential partner of a Joint Venture, and must agree to support Joint Venture goals and objectives. Project must fall within scope of a Management Board approved Joint Venture Implementation Plan and related conservation plans. Projects must contribute to overall Joint Venture goals and objectives. Project must be cost-effective. Projects that leverage grant funds with partner funds or in-kind services will receive preference.
How may assistance be used?
Joint Ventures are public/private partnerships, guided by a Management Board of public/private representatives and use a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) approved Implementation Plan that establishes conservation goals, priorities, and strategies. The Implementation Plan typically includes stepped down goals and objectives from a variety of national and international bird planning efforts. A Joint Venture Coordinator facilitates the coordination and implementation of the Joint Venture program. The USFWS provides basic administrative funding to the Joint Venture to cover costs associated with coordination; planning; monitoring, evaluation and applied research; communications and outreach; and project development and implementation. Joint Ventures may provide Federal assistance to partners within these categories to achieve the goals of the Joint Venture. The USFWS does not fund the entire scope of Joint Venture operations. Joint Venture partners are expected to contribute funding towards one or more of these categories. Non-federal match is not required, but leveraging USFWS dollars provided for Joint Ventures administration is a critical component of the Joint Ventures program. Varies annually.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance with agreed on scope of work. Written reports on completion of the project are generally required. Recipients are required to submit annual Federal Financial Report SF 425 within 90 calendar days after the grant year (i.e., 12 months after the approved effective date of the assistance agreement and every 12 months thereafter until the expiration date of the assistance agreement). A final Federal Financial Report SF 425 is required 90 calendar days after the expiration or termination of the assistance agreement. Recipients are responsible for monitoring and reporting performance each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12 and 2 CFR Part 170.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
The Recipient shall maintain a complete, detailed accounting system to report expenditures of grant funds and accomplishments achieved under the award. Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for 3 years after submission of the final Federal Financial Status Report (SF 425).
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Cooperative agreements are normally written for a 1 to 5 year period. For project cost-share grants, a 2 year period for expenditure of funds is the norm. Payments are generally made on a quarterly basis. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 43 CFR Part 12, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.
Headquarters Office
Joint Venture Liaison Officer, Joint Venture Liaison Officer, Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: MBSP, 5275 Leesburg Pike, , Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3803 Email: DBHC@fws.gov Phone: (703 ) 358-1784 Fax: (703) 358-2282.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $49,993,700; FY 15 est $5,000,000; and FY 16 est $5,000,000 - B- Project Grants (Discretionary): FY14 $4,993,700; FY 15 est $5,000,000; and FY16 est $5,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $2,400 to $900,000; Average $225,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Fish and Wildlife Service Policy 721 FW6, Joint Venture Implementation Plans, Joint Venture Accomplishment Reports.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Examples of projects funded include: Meeting the needs of spring migrating waterfowl in the Intermountain West on working ranches; Improving Greater Snow Goose Continental Population Estimates; A Burning Issue: Prescribed Fire and Fire-adapted Habitats of the East Gulf Coastal Plain; and a Barriers to Restoration and Management survey. Fiscal Year 2015: Projects not yet selected. Projects will support: 1) the effective operation and implementation of joint ventures; 2) the development of integrated migratory bird habitat landscape planning; monitoring, evaluation, and applied research; 3) habitat conservation/protection, restoration, and enhancement; 4) communications and outreach; and 5) technical assistance and training for partners. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available.


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